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Alforno Afternoon Tea, Calgary, AB

Alforno Afternoon Tea

4.4
4.4
236 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Afternoon Tea
Located in the heart of Eau Claire Alforno Cafe is now offering an afternoon tea experience, inviting guests to unwind and enjoy freshly brewed teas, pastries and finger sandwiches made in house.

$40 per person

Join us Thursday - Sunday from 3 pm-5 pm (Reservation required). We can't wait to see you!

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (403) 454-0308
  • Payment Options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Errin Massolin
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Cross Street
    7 Street SW
  • Parking Details
    Street paid parking during the day, free in evening after 6:00pm
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Afternoon Tea

    $40.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Afternoon Tea at Alforno Eau Claire Parties of 5 or more please call the restaurant to book (403) 454-0308 222 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 0E4

What 236 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

236 Reviews
  1. Mimi

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I really enjoyed my time here for afternoon tea. I was really impressed by the sandwiches. I normally don’t like croissants but it was delicious - really buttery and fluffy.i also really liked the tea! I got the Rooibos and it had a slight vanilla taste - didn’t need to add any cream or sugar and enjoyed as is.

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  2. KathyL

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience from the place setting to the food to the service. Would definitely recommend to anyone and everyone

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was excellent! Nice selections and variety- all the classics for afternoon tea and more. The portions were generous and the presentation was lovely. The eclectic China dishes are beautiful. Sadly, the experience lacks ambiance. Despite this, it is an excellent value and I’d recommend!

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  4. NicolaB

    Calgary

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I booked this afternoon tea to take my daughter out for a treat. When we arrived it was so busy and our table was not ready. When we were taken to our table it was not ready and mistook us for a table of 6 even though there was just us two standing there. We waited again and finally got to our table late. We got our tea and cakes and left to our own devices. We did not speak to anyone again and I had to flag down our server to get me a box and tell her we were done. She brought the box and I expected to get the bill at that time. We waited for 30 more mins and still did not see her so I got up to ask another server if I could pay, she said she would get our server. She didn’t come and then 10 more mins went by and she showed someone else to the table next to me and I tried to get her attention but she looked away and went back down stairs. I got up and went downstairs so I could pay. Our server was on the till helping someone so I lined up for 10 more mins and another person on the till asked to help me so I explained I wanted to pay and she said sorry you will have to wait for your server. I got back in line and waited for the customer in front to be done and when I finally got to the till my server did not acknowledge my long wait or anything. It was 50 mins from the time I got the box till I paid and left. I realize the place was busy but paying $40 per person for this tea, I would have expected better or at least any service. If you don’t have the staff to look after these afternoon tea customers then you shouldn’t be offering it. I am very disappointed in what should have been a lovely afternoon spent with my daughter.

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  5. Lori

    Calgary

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love afternoon tea and Alforno has a lovely one at a reasonable price! Lots of tasty bits with a good variety of flavours and textures. We only wished that the tea selection was better. Besides that, service was good (we didn’t expect much because it was a busy afternoon there), and the room was bright and airy. Not a traditional tea house, but we appreciated the fact that we were seated in the back corner under the skylight!

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  6. saml

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a wonderful meal, pasta was very fresh and tasty. We came in for a rather early meal and it was quiet but everything meal wise was perfect I just missed the amibiance of a louder cafe, hopefully the pandemic brings people back in droves

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  7. gratefulgoddess

    Calgary

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A nice looking spot. Food was average at best and served lukewarm.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    It’s was boiling hot inside and the food did not taste as well. Real

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  9. Bambina

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    When you receive the the email of the confirmation of your reservation you get access to the menu, but it doesn’t match the actual menu in the cafe which is much more limited. Also, the servers are not very professional, unsure of themselves they don’t always know what is available. But the overall impression of the place is pleasant, you just have to know what to expect.

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  10. Doonhamer

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This definitely is a niche restaurant in Calgary and a relief from all the steak places, which offer Veggies fake meat substitutes full of fake fat, blood and gristle and only suitable for carnivores on a health kick, these days... ( The days of the textured bean burger are numbered and these gruesome replacements are going to be the only thing on their menus in future...). Anyway away from that rant... Minimalist and chic with excellent, attentive helpful staff who were not in your face all the time. We arrived a bit early for our reservation and were accommodated without fuss... I had the pear and gorgonzola Ravioli, which was delicate in flavour and rich and filling in content. personally I would have upped the gorgonzola content but I'm weird that way.... Mrs B had the squash pasta which gave her inspiration for future home cooking.. Dessert selection was superlative, though i stupidly went for the Tiramisu which came in a plastic cup with a lid makingit look store bought and wasn't as exciting as the real bakery stuff they had in the display fridge. I was too lazy to go and look so that's my own fault.... Wine was good value. I just had the house white and it was pleasant, dry and a nice quaff. Didn't taste like the cheapest hock they could find and was up my street for a casual drinking wine. Only concern was that we had a starter but were only part way through when the main course arrived.. at least though they didn't whip the starter away, which I have had done elsewhere! Prices are a wee bit on the high side, but again in this time of inflation they probably need it to survive. I would recommend it as a change from the boring old chains which unfortunately remain ubiquitous throughout Canada More power to their independent elbow!

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  11. Lacy

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Second time being here. Food was fine, I do think the portion of the carbonara I had compared to the price was not enough. Service was poor. Our server, although friendly, did not check up on us anymore after food was delivered to our table. Even after eating, we waited for atleast 15minutes for our server to come, but we ended up just standing up and coming up to her to ask for a to go box and the bill.

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  12. Carol

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great pasta, salad combos generous to share for 2 with room for a 2 bite tart!!

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  13. ZDCH

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Decent pizza. Unfortunately, our pizzas were a bit underdone, making for a doughy pizza.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. MichaelP

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is pretty good but the service is a bit slow and everything is expensive.

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  15. BrendaC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Busy, loud restaurant with lots of screaming children. Not a lot of ambience. Would not return again.

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  16. SophiaL

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Staff, food and atmosphere are awesome. Good place for dessert after dinner.

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  17. AnnaH

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    There was little offering on the menu as they were going through a menu change. The server was new to the profession and had not been trained well by the management. I love the atmosphere though so will try again.

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  18. Bambina

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I love Alforno. Great location, at times difficult to find a parking spot. Great ambiance, very good food and lovely people.

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  19. AmyK

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly staff, awesome breads and desserts. Good price point for the quality of food.

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  20. Baddiebish

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely. Staff was lovely and made us laugh. We go here all the time so we already know what to expect
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on May 3, 2022
    Thank you for the review, and for being a loyal customer!

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  21. jeang

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Just not worth the price . Our server was slam whit a full dining room all at once and no one to help her . This place needs to train there staff properly we usually go there once a month but probably won’t go back . It as been like this the last few times, enough is enough .
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on April 14, 2022
    Thank you for your time and providing us with your feedback. It’s through channels such as these we are able to improve our guests’ experiences. We regret to hear you didn’t have a good experience at Alforno recently. We would appreciate the opportunity to follow up with you directly, if we may. Please kindly email andrew@alforno.ca at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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  22. Tlynn

    Calgary

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The thing about this restaurant is it is a busy daytime "cafeteria" style restaurant, lots of foot traffic from Princes Island leaves little time for cleaning and prep for the evening restaurant dining experience. The food took a bit longer than expected, but was actually the best thing about the experience. Dirty floors, overused bathrooms and everyone getting shuffled out of the restaurant in the dark after 9:00 was not really appealing, if you are looking for a good meal - maybe off the bike or after a walk this is probably a good bet. Not really an invite your friends to dinner spot.
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on April 12, 2022
    Hello Tlynn, Thank you for taking the time to review Alforno and provide context to your experience. We have passed this along to our front of house team. We regret to hear you did not fully enjoy your visit with us last week, we hope that you will visit us again.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual excellent all around, Thank You
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on April 12, 2022
    Thank you for the review!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was really impressed with how well the waitress paired the wine with our selection of food
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on April 12, 2022
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the review.

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  25. JoelN

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my 5 and 6 year old nephew and niece and they had a perfect kids sized pasta that they loved. The hostess even printed out colouring pages for them!
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on March 29, 2022
    Hi there, thanks for the review - it sounds like your niece and nephew had a great time!

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  26. Anthea

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    delicious and yummy food! great service! servers are respectful and accomodating. price is reasonable. ambience is cozy and perfect for a meeting. would highly recommend this to my friends! ...until next visit!
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on March 29, 2022
    Hi Anthea, thank you for the compliments and we can't wait to have you back!

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  27. AnneB

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our servicer was very friendly and informative and very attentive. The food was great, especially the beet salad. Would have no problem recommending this restaurant for a great meal with a casual atmosphere.
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on March 22, 2022
    Hello Anne, thank you for joining us, and we hope you'll be back for a visit soon.

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  28. KirstenG

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pizza and salads are amazing! It was a great weeknight oasis before a show!
    Alforno Afternoon TeaResponded on March 22, 2022
    Hello Kirsten, thanks for enjoying some pizza & salad with us!

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  29. Kate

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food and nice location been so many times will go back

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  30. ChefKV

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Lets start by saying the bakery and cafe is stellar. Breads, pastries, desserts, coffee and pantry items are worth the trip. Great brunch menu and the takeout options travel well. It is hard to get a seat here sometimes on weekends so show up early. The dinner menu is just ok. Not executed consistently as some of the pastas are heavily seasoned. The service is again ok at night. Friendly but not detailed or attentive, owing to some inexperience but nothing upsetting or off-putting. Overall its decent neighbourhood spot, your best bet is to pre-order, take it to the park and enjoy the Bow River.

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  31. JENNIFERD

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I was here last October and the service was very poor then - they actually forgot to put in our order. Last night it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to get out food. When our food came - the beet salad came with our pizzas and pasta. We were not sure if they were waiting for the hot food to get to the same temperature before they brought it all out. Food was warm, but tasty. Service was poor. If I was to recommend this place, I would tell my friends to eat before they go; cause it could be awhile.

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  32. Sam00

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    the pasta was great, the waiting staff was friendly and efficient

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  33. DeanR

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good not awesome but good. We went for dinner but I think we will stick to there brunch menu.

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  34. Noor

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was bad, would not recommend if you prefer authentic Italian food

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  35. Hello

    Calgary

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Birthday - Got desserts and coffee

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  36. Sunnydelightz

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I usually really enjoy my experience at Alforno's . This time, I found the octopus casarecce to be salty and I thought the price of the charred cabbage was expensive, especially for just a quarter of the head. I like the meatballs, I found it was soft and lean because of the veal.

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  37. EmmaG

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The jalapeño popper dip is to die for! Highly recommend!

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  38. bdemchuk

    Calgary

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was very friendly and helpful

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  39. Ketk

    Calgary

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, superb service. Thanks for a great evening 😊

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  40. Faramarz

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    When I was reserving there was time slots till 10 pm But when I reach there they was preparing for closing. At first they was confused and then they invited us to a seat and told us to order our food ASAP because the kitchen was shutting down. And we should leave at 9 pm. It didn't work for us, we were there for our anniversary not just eat and go. So we left. Although I like the place but that was disappointing.

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FAQs

Alforno Afternoon Tea is rated 4.4 stars by 236 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Experiences are available.
Google Map for Alforno Afternoon Tea

222 7 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5M1

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    7 Street SW
  • Neighbourhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Afternoon Tea, Contemporary European, Contemporary Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street paid parking during the day, free in evening after 6:00pm
  • Payment Options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Errin Massolin
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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